cooling towers

Cooling towers in the abandoned Agrobiochim chemical plant (Bulgaria)

Recent satellite photos show that those three cooling towers have now been demolished or have collapsed.­

abandoned agrobiochim barb wire barbed wire chemical plant cooling towers decay environment fence industrial infrastructure perimeter pollution security stara zagora three trespassing urban exploration Агробиохим България Стара Загора
Route E773, 6050 Hrishteni, Bulgaria

Those are the best of the 1200 photos I took during an unforgettable 3-week trip in Bulgaria in May 2004, with my friend Susie.­ Some photos have been digitally converted to black-and-white.­

Links to some other sites with interesting photos of Bulgaria:

* Georgy Velichkov - pictures from Bulgaria

* TrekEarth Gallery

Агробиохим - Стара Загора

Photos of the abandoned Agrobiochim chemical plant near Stara Zagora (Bulgaria).­

When it was active, this plant used to produce ammonia, nitrogen fertilisers, plastics, caprolactam and silicon dioxide for rubber and pharmaceutical industries.­

Tons of nitrates, asbestos, dioxins and other dangerous chemicals are just sitting there.­ This is an environmental disaster and no-one wants to pay for the clean-up (Agrobiochim was a semi-state-owned company that went bankrupt).­

After taking those photos I got arrested for trespassing by some sort of armed Bulgarian Military Police.­ If you meet our friend Vasil (the guard who arrested us for trespassing), say hello to him!

After an afternoon of interrogation at the Stara Zagora Police station, I was released and no charges were filed.­

Before letting me go, the police chief told me: "if anything blows-up in this country, we'll be looking for you" !